Biden to restore national monument protections slashed by Trump

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Washington (AFP) – Three national US monuments will have their protected status restored Friday, continuing Joe Biden’s efforts to roll back the environmental policies of his predecessor. Under Donald Trump protections around natural areas — often home to endangered species or archaeological sites — were rolled back, outraging conservationists and Native American communities. “President Biden will sign three proclamations restoring protections for Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante, and Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monuments,” the White House said Thursday. Utah’s Grand Stairc…

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